Congratulations to our July Employee of the
Month, Darci Barnes.
Darci is a Certified Nurse Aide at the
Callaway Good Life Center. She has
worked here for 18 years. She began her
career when our facility was the Good Samaritan Center and stayed with us when
we transitioned to the Good Life Center.
She began her career in Housekeeping and then Laundry and finally became
a C N A.
Darci’s interests include whatever her kids
are doing! Currently it’s 4-H projects,
gardening, cooking and sewing. Darci’s
oldest daughter is a Senior at UNK in Kearney, Anna and Ivy are both 7th
graders in Arnold. Her parents are Barb and Don Mills.
Her co-workers nominated her and had this to
say, “Darci brought a little kids swimming pool in on the weekend. She sat up the pool with water and a fishing
game so the residents could “go fishing”.
Darci’s girls were also here to find sticks and make fishing poles for
the residents. What a fantastic example
of going above and beyond to provide entertainment for the residents! Thank you
Darci, Anna and Ivy!”
We asked Darci why she loves her job and she
explained, “I get to work with some of the greatest people on earth! The residents are so special to me and I
learn a lot from them. And recently I am
able to take care of my Grandfather. I
am grateful for the extra time I get to spend with him.”
We are grateful that you have been here to quietly
perform your job and make the lives of all of us better by your dedication and
devotion. Thanks for all you do.
Congratulations to our June Employee of the
month, Nancy Fox!
Nancy is an LPN at the Callaway Good Life
Center. She has 28 years of experience
and has worked at the CGLC for the past five years,. Nancy has been our
reliable LPN on nights and she has just recently started working days. She has
moved very easily into that position.
Nancy is a crafter and especially loves to
knit and crochet. She also enjoys
camping and fishing.
Nancy’s co-workers nominated her and had
this to say, “Nancy found out a resident likes to embroider. She gathered supplies to give to the resident
so they could embroider. Nancy also gave
a Saturday to take a resident to a church conference. Nancy makes sure assessments are done and she
also takes an active role in getting meds ordered and paper filed. Thank you for all you do Nancy, you are
We asked Nancy why she enjoys her job and
she replied, “I enjoy the residents and the closeness of Callaway instead of
driving to North Platte or Broken Bow.”
We are glad you are here at the Good Life Center,
Nancy. You are an asset to our team!
Please join Senator Matt Williams and Ron Ross, President of Rural Health Development (Managing Company for Callaway Good Life Center) on July 22 at 2:00 pm at the Callaway Community Center as we discuss the effects that Nebraska Medicaid Reimbursement has on our communities and the Callaway Good Life Center. Sponsored by the Callaway Good Life Center and Callaway Economic Development Committee
Walkway of Flags are up! Stop by and take a leisurely walk to see all
the flags with names that are being honored! Thank you to everyone who
has donated to honor someone special in your life! It’s still not too
late to add to our walkway! The flags will be on display through May
29th! On Tuesday May 28th everyone is welcome to join us for a short
dedication ceremony at 1:30 pm here at Callaway Good Life Center! Have a
great Memorial Day Weekend!
Congratulations to our May Employee of the
Month, Janel Brestel.
Janel has been an employee at this facility
for 35 years. She began her career in
1979 as a Nursing Assistant. Then after
high school graduation she attended Mid-Plains Community College and received
her License Practical Nurse degree in 1983.
She again joined the staff as LPN Charge nurse for 9 years. She has filled many shoes in her 35 year
career here, Nurse, Activities Director, Social Services Designee, Marketing /
Resource Development Director, and friend to all.
Janel lives in Callaway with her husband Rod
and has enjoyed volunteering in her community and church through the
years. She and Rod have 2 daughters and
5 grandchildren which are true blessings in their lives! Janel loves listening to music, singing,
movies and spending time with family and friends! She makes a pretty good cinnamon roll, too!!
Her fellow co-workers nominated her for her
dedication to this facility. They said,
“Janel is passionate about our facility.
She has been tirelessly working to bring awareness to the Nursing Home
Crisis. At our last All Staff meeting
she prepared informational items for the staff to read and created information
to send to Gov. Ricketts and Sen. Williams.
Thank you, Janel for your passion!”
When asked why she likes doing what she
does, her reply was, “My favorite thing about working at this facility is
getting to know the Residents and families through the years. This is a place I’ve grown up with and have
been inspired and touched by these special people. I’ve made long lasting friendships and have
seen generations of staff come through our doors. I also have felt pride in our community and
beyond for their wonderful support for this facility.”
Never lose your passion Janel, you inspire
us all to care more and lovingly touch the souls we serve. Thank you for your service.
The walkway surrounding the Callaway Good Life Center will be decorated with dozens of American Flags during the Memorial Day holiday in honor of our armed forces, servicemen and women, friends, family members and loved ones. Celebrate the life of someone special and support our center by sponsoring a flag for a donation of $25.00 or more.
We will tag your sponsored 12 x 18 flag with the name of your honored individual and place it with the others along our walkway in the front of the facility beginning May 24th, 2019. It will remain there through May 29th as a symbol of remembrance.
Residents and visitors of Callaway Good Life Center can view this display at their leisure. In addition, everyone is invited to a short dedication ceremony of the Walkway of Flags on Tuesday May 28th, 2018 at 1:30 pm at the Callaway Good Life Center!
Name:____________________________________________ Address:__________________________________________ City, State, Zip:______________________________________ Phone:__________________ Number of Flags___________
Send above information with your donation to the Callaway Good Life Center, c/o Walkway of Flags, PO Box 250 Callaway, NE. 68825. Make check payable to Callaway Good Life Center
Flag(s) in honor of:____________________________________________________
Flag(s) in memory of:_________________________________________________
Congratulations to our April Employee of the
Month, Shalina Scott!
Shalina has been with us for 4 months and
has made a great impact. She is a hard
worker and has stepped up to do, not only Dietary Cook, but also
Housekeeping. She even gets to do laundry!
Shalina has 4 children, Neal and Rebecca
Scott and Jack and Penelope Harisson.
Penelope comes to the center with her mom sometimes and we all get to
spoil her! Shalina’s hobbies include
gardening, reading, sewing and cooking.
Shalina was nominated by two employees who have
this to say about her, “When there is work to be done or help needed with
anything, Shalina is quick to jump in and help out. On Saturday, we had a water leak in the
breakroom. I asked Shalina for the mop
from the kitchen and before I could grab a wet floor sign, she was already
cleaning up the mess that I had intended to clean. On Sunday when setting up the tower garden,
Shalina came and lent a helping hand. I
appreciate her hard work and willingness to step in wherever needed and just
jump in and do even if she’s busy doing other things!!
Shalina is always willing to come in and
help when needed. She comes to work and
helps when someone calls in. She made
dinner rolls and is going to teach the other cooks how to make them. She makes a lot of foods from scratch and
gives suggestions for vegan dishes. She
is always pleasant and residents love her.
When she works in the kitchen, she often works housekeeping that same
day. She is open for change and gives
suggestions on how to make something work better. She is also good at keeping the aides on a good
When we asked Shalina why she enjoys what
she does, she said, “I enjoy getting to work with staff here and I love when I
get to cook. Seeing how much the people
enjoy the work we put into their meals makes me happy and I enjoy bringing joy
to them. I love to make people smile.”
You make all of us smile Shalina, thanks for
your good example.